Hello, just to start off I am a huge fan of your blog! I'm currently a law student who is about to graduate. Im looking for some reasonably affordable suits (preferable that they don't exceed £400) that fit well and are of good quality. I was curious as to which brands and styles you would most recommend to someone about to start in the corporate world. Thanks so much for any info!
Cheers mate and gongrats for your upcoming graduation!
First of all, the fit of a suit is always subjective and what fits one may not fit another. However, at the moment I think the best place to start looking for a suit with budget you mentioned is SuitSupply. The quality is good, especially considering the price range and from different fits you are probably able to find the one that suits you. Depending on your body build, for the use you mentioned (corporate work, office) I would probably check out their Lazio, Napoli and Sienna fits. Start with either classic (navy) blue or subtle dark grey and for the second suit pick the other one you didn’t go when choosing the first one. With those two you are definitely good to go.
I really liked your article on Chester Mox wallets and was curious what you recommend for money clips? I've been looking for a reasonable stainless steel one for every day and a nice silver one for special occasions that I can order online but can't seem to find one. Thanks, Jonathan.
Thanks for the feedback, good to hear you liked it.
Probably not that easy to find a money clip, haven’t come across that many myself. But if I were to start looking I would first probably check out some classic “luxury brands”.
As a “lower budget option” I’d check J.Press and in case you’re looking something with a bit more “modern” design, Georg Jensen has one that might do the trick. Finally, if you would be looking something made of leather, Ettinger could be an option.
Hey A! Great inspirational posts:) I have a question: do you wear loafers during spring/summer completely without socks (I mean the barely visible ones)? Because I tried without and inevitably I will get blisters, yet I see so many people apparently wearing them without anything at all. Any tips how I can avoid wearing barely visible short socks, yet at the same time avoid blisters? Because I think the short socks don't look nice and one can still see them more often than not I reckon:/ Thanks!
Well, not sure how much help I can give here but I personally wear pretty often socks that are non-visible while I’m wearing loafers. I find that to more comfortable than going totally sans socks. Sometimes do that as well, especially with driving shoes or more “soft” shoes of mine. The socks I wear I’ve bought from many places such as H&M for example and I might have been lucky but usually you can’t really see them while wear. I share your opinion that it doesn’t look nice if you can see the short socks blinking while you’re walking.
If you wanna go sans socks, I guess you might try to add a little lotion inside the shoe (in case they are leather lined) and try to soften them that way. Or then just wear compeeds all the time..
Hi, it looks like your know a lot about Lubiam and lbm 1911. I have been eyeing lbm 1911 jackets for a long time, and it seems like the majority of the jackets come with working buttons. I really like the fit and the casual look of the jackets, but I am probably never going to wear a lbm 1911 piece because of my short arms. Do you know any other brands with similar fit which make jackets with non-functional button cuffs? Thanks!
I feel you man, as having short arms myself I share the same problems. First of all I personally do not get why so many brands want to use working cuffs on their jackets as it doesn’t really bring any additional value but just makes the adjustments (which almost always need to be made) harder.
Secondly, usually you shorten the sleeves around 1,5 or 2cm from the bottom (wrist) which might sometimes be enough and then there’s no problem. Another option is to shorten the sleeves from the shoulder. This is unfortunately much more expensive and you should find a skilled tailor to do that. One thing to consider in addition when doing this is that it generally works when there’s no pattern on the jacket. If there is, you also need to check if the pattern matching can be done while shortening the sleeves. And again this makes it more difficult. But this is how I basically nowadays get all my jackets with functional button cuffs done.
My Mabro jacket of which sleeves were shorten from the shoulders because of the functional cuffs.
In terms of brands to check, I’d check at least Lardini whose jackets usually are made with non-functional cuffs. Tombolini also has many models as far as I’m concerned that are done in the same way and both of those are pretty similar to lbm1911 in terms of style and fit (of course there are minor differences, even between different jackets and models of every brand).
As I’m spending my Easter-holidays in Amsterdam it’s a good time to share some outtakes from last weeks - via instagram.
First-time wear of the new Finealta denim, together with a chunky roll-neck sweater and my old field jacket. First-time wear of spring for those Superga sneakers as well.
Office-uniform. Caruso suit, Kamakura shirt, Viola Milano cashmere tie and Alfred Sargent shoes.
Got a new key-chain for the summer from Sauma - by Lardini.
Shades of green, blue and hints of orange. Shirt by Sonrisa for Rose&Born, Weekday denim and Carmina string loafers.
G.Abo flannel x Alfred Sargent Moore oxfords.
There can never be too much of this. Had a nice after-work last Friday while visiting “Samppanjamarkkinat” @Korjaamo.
As said, having Easter-vacation in Amsterdam. Had dinner at Hotel de Goudfazant, one of the best experiences in a long time and one of the top places I’ve visited - Really nice display and atmosphere, great service and good food.
Hi: I love your site and could not help but fall in love with the LBM 1911. I was searching for this unstructured sports coat in cotton and also came across an unstructured Lubiam sports coat in cotton with similar stitching details to the 1911. I believe Lubiam owns the LBM 1911 line so was wondering what is the difference in the quality, fit and materials between the two if any. Mike
In general, as you referred Lubiam is the company with many different lines and labels, L.B.M 1911 being one of them.
The “biggest” thing is maybe the fact that the L.B.M1911 line the “casual line” of the company and in general all the products are garment-dyed and washed in terms of fabrics. In most of the jackets in this line (not all of them though) have a final result that resembles kind of a “worn-in vintage look”.
"Lubiam" on the other hand is the most "classic style" and main line of Lubiam. In terms of fit it is a bit more "relaxed", not that slim and fitted as for example the L.B.M1911 line which usually is pretty snug. Lubiam is more for business and L.B.M1911 is more for "pleasure" and dressed-up casual occasions.
In terms of quality I think both lines goes pretty much hand in hand. Then there’s other lines of Lubiam such as Luigi Bianchi Mantova and Brando, of which Brando is the most high-end-line of the company.
And to check out, from here you’ll find some more posts regarding Lubiam.
- If you have time to go only one place, go here. They have really great stuff from brands like Tombolini, Lardini, Tagliatore, Gran Sasso, Montecore, Viola Milano, Carmina, Pirelli, Italian Independent etc… For more posts and info, check here.
- Fere is the most “classic style” shop there is in Helsinki. They’re selection goes from Hackett, Turnbull&Asser and Aquasqutum all the to Pal Zileri, Loro Piana, Isaia and Brioni. They also have some Taylor of Old Bond Street skincare and shaving products and shoes from Crockett & Jones, Allen Edmonds and Sutor Mantellassi.
You can read something more about them from this post.
One of my absolute favorite shops in Helsinki and actually in general. Their men’s store is located at Erottaja with a selection of brands such as S.N.S Herning, Gitman Vintage, Barena, Hansen, Inis Meain, Saturdays, Nanamica, Mismo etc..
During my trip in New York last month I got the chance to drop by and pay a visit at Isaia's showroom on the 5th Avenue.
A while ago I wrote about the collection as it was seen at Pitti Uomo for the first time, so I’m not gonna go there that much again but you can find my review and more pics from here. Although whereas the presentation at Pitti concentrated highly on the sportswear and casual selection, it was great to see the whole ensemble featuring also the more business- ja formal-oriented side of the line at the showroom.
Here’s few outtakes in terms of what will be seen during next fall and winter. Bold patterns (as usual), mixture of colors, interesting fabric choices and versatile combinations of textures.
Shades of brown and rust featuring bold patterns.
From the “mood board” where it all begins for every season.
Coralflauge on the backside of the collar - it’s all about the details.
Different colors of 5-pocket denim - optimal for casual wear